Transactions: Indians DFA Lopez, Recall Herrmann

May 14, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Cleveland Indians first baseman Jose Lopez (4) hits a double in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Indians won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE



Designated IF Jose Lopez for Assignment

Recalled RHP Frank Herrmann from Columbus (AAA)

This was brought on by execrable starting pitching, with the Indians being forced to go to an eight-man bullpen. That meant a position player had to go, and Lopez was the obvious choice. After starting the season off hot, he's cooled off to the point where Manny Acta started Brent Lillibridge at third base on Sunday. Lopez hit .220/.231/.300 in July, despite playing semi-regularly, and eventually lost playing time to Jack Hannahan, who isn't hitting any better but at least can play good defense.

Lopez is only 28 years, though it seems like he's been around forever. He was in the majors at age 20, and once upon a time was going to team up with Yuniesky Betancourt as Seattle's double play combination for the next decade. But the progression from prospect to star just didn't happen. He had a couple good power-heavy batting seasons (2008, 2009), but his defense at second regressed quickly, and so too did his bat. Now he's a corner infielder who can hit a home run but not do much else.

When/if the Indians get the rotation stabilized, they'll probably go with Jason Donald as the primary backup infielder.

Herrmann has been working on a curve that would hopefully keep hitters from sitting on his mid-90s straight fastball, but I don't know if he'll have many chances to see if the new pitch will work, as the Indians probably won't go with eight relievers for long.

Jose Lopez Career Stats

Year Age Tm Lg G PA R H 2B 3B HR BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB Pos Awards
2004 20 SEA AL 57 218 28 48 13 0 5 8 31 .232 .263 .367 .630 64 76 6/5
2005 21 SEA AL 54 203 18 47 19 0 2 6 25 .247 .282 .379 .661 78 72 4/5
2006 22 SEA AL 151 655 78 170 28 8 10 26 80 .282 .319 .405 .723 89 244 *4 AS
2007 23 SEA AL 149 561 58 132 17 2 11 20 64 .252 .284 .355 .639 71 186 *4/5
2008 24 SEA AL 159 687 80 191 41 1 17 27 67 .297 .322 .443 .764 104 285 *43/D
2009 25 SEA AL 153 653 69 167 42 0 25 24 69 .272 .303 .463 .766 103 284 *43
2010 26 SEA AL 150 622 49 142 29 0 10 23 66 .239 .270 .339 .609 71 201 *5/D
2011 27 TOT NL 82 242 23 50 12 0 8 7 28 .216 .245 .372 .617 61 86 54/3D
2011 27 COL NL 38 129 10 26 4 0 2 3 15 .208 .233 .288 .521 34 36 54
2011 27 FLA NL 44 113 13 24 8 0 6 4 13 .226 .259 .472 .731 95 50 5/43D
2012 28 CLE AL 66 224 16 53 13 0 4 8 35 .249 .272 .366 .639 78 78 5D3/49
9 Yrs 1021 4065 419 1000 214 11 92 149 465 .262 .293 .396 .689 84 1512
162 Game Avg. 162 645 66 159 34 2 15 24 74 .262 .293 .396 .689 84 240
SEA (7 yrs) 873 3599 380 897 189 11 80 134 402 .266 .297 .400 .697 86 1348
COL (1 yr) 38 129 10 26 4 0 2 3 15 .208 .233 .288 .521 34 36
CLE (1 yr) 66 224 16 53 13 0 4 8 35 .249 .272 .366 .639 78 78
FLA (1 yr) 44 113 13 24 8 0 6 4 13 .226 .259 .472 .731 95 50
AL (8 yrs) 939 3823 396 950 202 11 84 142 437 .265 .296 .398 .693 86 1426
NL (1 yr) 82 242 23 50 12 0 8 7 28 .216 .245 .372 .617 61 86
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/8/2012.

Frank Herrmann Combined Career Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2006 22 CLE-min A .400 3.90 26 26 0 0 0 0 122.1 122 61 53 8 47 89 1.381 9.0 0.6 3.5 6.5 1.89
2007 23 CLE-min A+ .688 4.01 26 26 0 3 0 0 146.0 163 75 65 15 28 88 1.308 10.0 0.9 1.7 5.4 3.14
2008 24 CLE-min AA,AAA,A+ .579 4.14 26 26 0 0 0 0 150.0 161 80 69 11 43 104 1.360 9.7 0.7 2.6 6.2 2.42
2009 25 CLE-min AAA,AA .500 2.95 49 5 9 0 0 2 106.2 110 44 35 7 18 62 1.200 9.3 0.6 1.5 5.2 3.44
2010 26 CLE-min AAA 1.000 0.31 19 0 4 0 0 2 28.2 15 1 1 0 8 22 0.802 4.7 0.0 2.5 6.9 2.75
2010 26 CLE AL .000 4.03 40 0 8 0 0 1 44.2 48 22 20 6 9 24 98 1.276 9.7 1.2 1.8 4.8 2.67
2011 27 CLE-min AAA 5.91 9 0 1 0 0 0 10.2 13 7 7 1 4 12 1.594 11.0 0.8 3.4 10.1 3.00
2011 27 CLE AL 1.000 5.11 40 0 17 0 0 0 56.1 71 35 32 7 16 34 76 1.544 11.3 1.1 2.6 5.4 2.13
2012 28 CLE-min AAA .500 4.28 39 0 17 0 0 7 48.1 51 26 23 8 13 53 1.324 9.5 1.5 2.4 9.9 4.08
2 Yrs .800 4.63 80 0 25 0 0 1 101.0 119 57 52 13 25 58 85 1.426 10.6 1.2 2.2 5.2 2.32
162 Game Avg. .800 4.63 68 0 21 0 0 1 86 101 48 44 11 21 49 85 1.426 10.6 1.2 2.2 5.2 2.32
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/8/2012.
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